Rosie Beatrice Mays, affectionately known as “Rosie B”, was born to Rupert and Rebecca Hightower on September 19, 1926, in Glendale Texas on the Tillis Farm.
Rosie worked as a waitress for many years and as a homemaker through the State Home Care Service.
Rosie’s level of education ended at The Trinity Colored High School in Trinity, Texas.
She was baptized at the early age of 12 years old at the Bourne Pilgrim Baptist Church, Trinity, Texas. The baptism took place in a “water hole” behind the church that would fill up when it rained. Later in life she became a member of the Lone Star Missionary Baptist Church, Trinity, Texas and then the Rehoboth Baptist Church during her final years. All her life you could find her with a bible in her hand, listening to a sermon or gospel music at any given time.
She LOVED the Lord wholeheartedly.
Rosie never had children of her own, but loved and adored all her nieces, nephews, their children along with their friends and her neighbors too. Rosie spent several years living in Austin with her niece Coraline “Mema” Brown before moving back to her home in Trinity. While living in Trinity, her big brother, M.C. Hightower, would make the trip from Galveston to Trinity two to three times a month to check on his sister, purchase her groceries and take care of her business and personal needs. They looked forward to those times together and would sit around, talk and laugh with each other all day. He would always spoil her and bring her favorite donuts and sodas each time he came to see her. When it was determined that she would no longer be able to live on her own, she came back to Austin in 2012 to live with her great-niece Karen and in 2013 she moved into the Pflugerville Care Center where she was provided with the best care until her passing. The staff at the center affectionately called her “Grandma” or “Mother” and each one of them truly loved her and would always say how sweet she was and that she always shared God with them. She touched many lives while living at the facility and made many friends.
She was preceded in death by her parents, and her loving big brother M.C. Hightower, whom she adored. She leaves to cherish her memories: Nieces: Coraline Brown of Austin, Texas; Gale Hightower of Galveston, Texas; Wanda Hightower-Williams and Cynthia Hightower of Houston, Texas; and, Beverly Henderson-Cleveland of San Antonio, Texas; Nephews: Harold Hightower of Houston, Texas; and, Michael Hightower (Ann) of San Antonio, Texas; Great-niece: Karen Dixon; and a host of other great-nieces, nephews and their children.
Rosie loved reading the bible daily and sharing the Gospel with anyone who would listen. Her favorite scripture was Psalm 100. She lived her life being obedient to His word and looked forward to seeing God face to face. In her final days she reached out and said, “Lord I know I am in your hands.”
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